Chicana-Chicano Studies

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CSUN Chicana/o Studies Single Major

The single major in Chicano/a Studies is a 45 unit program designed to give the student special preparation in the discipline of Chicano/a Studies through a combination of lower and upper division core requirements. The lower and upper division core requirements are complemented by three options (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Education) from which the student must take at least 6.0 units from two of the options. The Major is particularly suited for those students preparing to enter the fields of teaching or social work. It is also a preparation for those intending to enter various graduate and professional fields such as history, sociology, psychology, library science, political science, social welfare, law, urban studies, and others.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Chicana and Chicano Studies will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to think critically, analytically and creatively about the Chicana/o experience in the local and global society.
  2. Demonstrate competency in oral, written and research skills.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of creative and performance arts.
  4. Acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Chicana/o history, culture, arts, language and sociopolitical issues.
  5. Acquire the leadership skills that will promote social change in the Chicana/o communities and broader society.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (12 Units)

  • CHS 100: Chicana/o Culture (3)
  • CHS 201: Survey of Mexican Literature in Translation (3)
  • CHS 246: Contemporary Issues of the Chicana (3)
  • CHS 270SOC/F: Fieldwork in Barrio Studies (1/2)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (24 Units)

  • CHS 331: Decolonizing Chicana/o Research Methods (3)
  • CHS 345: History of the Mexican Peoples (3)  OR  CHS 351: Survey of Mexican Philosophical Thought (3)
  • CHS 365: Third World Women and the Chicana (3)
  • CHS 380: Chicana/o Literature (3) OR CHS 381: Contemporary Chicana Literature (3)
  • CHS 401: Pre-Cuauhtemoc Meso-American Civilizations (3)
  • CHS 445: History of the Chicano (3)
  • CHS 453: Theory and the Chicana/o Experience (3) OR CHS 460: Politics of the Chicana/o (3)
  • CHS 497: Senior Seminar in Chicana/o Studies (3)

3. Upper Division Electives (9 Units) 

Electives in upper division Chicana/o Studies are to be selected with the advice and approval of the advisor. View List of Upper Division Electives for Single Major

Total Units in the Single Major: 45 Units
General Education: 18 - 30 Units
Additional Electives of your Choosing: 45-57 Units